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1/28/2007 10:31:08 PM

With all but one rink decided for the 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, curling fans in Lethbridge can look forward to a strong field.

With defending champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C. representing Team Canada, a number of familiar names will be challenging for her title.

Among them is 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts champion Jennifer Jones, who defeated Darcy Robertson in the Manitoba final. Jones made news earlier this month when she dropped lead Dana Allerton in favour of veteran Janet Arnott heading into provincial playdowns.

B.C.'s Kelley Law, who won the world title in 2000 with third Georgina Wheatcroft, advanced to the Scotties with a win over Patti Knezevic. Law also earned a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Calgary's Cheryl Bernard defeated former Scott champion Cathy King of Edmonton in Sunday's final. Bernard appeared in the 1996 Scott event and has been a perennial power on the Women's World Curling Tour in recent years.

Heather Strong returns to the Scotties from Newfoundland and Labrador after edging Cathy Cunningham. Last year in London, Strong was named skip of the second all-star team.

In Ontario, defending champion Krista Scharf from Thunder Bay defeated Jenn Hanna in the page playoff game and then disposed of Sherry Middaugh in the final to return for her second straight Scotties chanpionship.

After a one-year hiatus, New Brunswick's sandy Comeau returns to the national stage, after beating defending provincial champion Andrea Kelly in Sunday's final.

Nova Scotia's Jill Mouzar advanced to her forst Scotties event, after upending Kay Zinck, who had legendary Collen Jones playing third. Mouzar won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 2004.

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2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Teams


February 17-25, 2007

Competing Teams

Province - Skip - Third - Second - Lead

Alberta - Cheryl Bernard - Susan O'Connor - Carolyn Darbyshire - Cori Bartel​

British Columbia - Kelley Law - Georgina Wheatcroft - Shannon Aleksic - Darah Provencal​

Canada - Kelly Scott - Jeanna Schraeder - Sasha Carter - Renee Simons​

Manitoba - Jennifer Jones - Cathy Overton-Clapham - Jill Officer - Janet Arnott​

New Brunswick - Sandy Comeau - Denise Nowlan - Marie-Anne Power - Jeanette Murphy​

Newfoundland & Labrador - Heather Strong - Shelley Nichols - Laura Strong - Susan O'Leary​

Nova Scotia - Jill Mouzar - Meredith Harrison - Teri Lake - Hayley Clarke​

Ontario - Krista Scharf - Tara George - Tiffany Stubbings - Lorraine Lang​

Prince Edward Island - Suzanne Gaudet - Robyn MacPhee - Carol Webb - Stefanie Clark​

Quebec - Chantal Osborne - Cheryl Morgan - Catherine Derick - Sylvie Daniel​

Saskatchewan - Jan Betker - Lana Vey - Nancy Inglis - Marcia Gudereit​

Yukon/Northwest Territories - Kerry Koe - Monique Gagnier - Kelly Turpin - Dawn Moses​
 

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2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts TV Schedule





Saturday, February 17, 2007

04:00 pm ET

11:00 pm ET

08:30 pm ET **

Sunday, February 18, 2007

10:30 am ET

08:00 pm ET

Monday, February 19, 2007

03:00 pm ET

08:00 pm ET

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

03:00 pm ET

08:00 pm ET

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

03:00 pm ET

09:30 pm ET

Thursday, February 22, 2007

10:30 am ET

03:00 pm ET

08:00 pm ET

Friday, February 23, 2007

03:00 pm ET

08:00 pm ET

** Broadcast available on TSN2 - check local cable/satellite provider for listings
 

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Ontario - Krista Scharf - Tara George - Tiffany Stubbings - Lorraine Lang
Those names sounds vaguely familiar but I really don't much about them, all the same I hope the kick some butt!

Panoo, is there a mens competition? Or a singles event?
 

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Those names sounds vaguely familiar but I really don't much about them, all the same I hope the kick some butt!

Panoo, is there a mens competition? Or a singles event?
Yes, the Heart is the Womens. The Brier is the men's.

The Brier is in March, 3rd to 11th.
 

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2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Draw Schedule


Draw Schedule


All Times are Eastern


-- DATE ------ TIME --- DRAW - SHEET A - SHEET B - SHEET C - SHEET D

February, 17 - 04:00 PM - 01 - CAN vs NL - SASK vs MAN - Y/NWT vs NS - ALTA vs PEI

February, 17 - 08:30 PM - 02 - NS vs SASK - BC vs QUE - NB vs ONT - Y/NWT vs MAN

February, 18 - 10:30 AM - 03 - PEI vs CAN - ALTA vs NL

February, 18 - 03:00 PM - 04 - QUE vs NB - MAN vs NS - SASK vs Y/NWT - BC vs ONT

February, 18 - 08:00 PM - 05 - NL vs PEI - NB vs BC - ONT vs QUE - CAN vs ALTA

February, 19 - 10:30 AM - 06 - ALTA vs Y/NWT - PEI vs SASK - CAN vs NS - NL vs MAN

February, 19 - 03:00 PM - 07 - SASK vs ONT - Y/NWT vs QUE - MAN vs NB - NS vs BC

February, 19 - 08:00 PM - 08 - BC vs CAN - NB vs NL - QUE vs ALTA - ONT vs PEI

February, 20 - 10:30 AM - 09 - QUE vs NL - ONT vs CAN - BC vs PEI - NB vs ALTA

February, 20 - 03:00 PM - 10 - PEI vs MAN - ALTA vs NS - NL vs SASK - CAN vs Y/NWT

February, 20 - 08:00 PM - 11 - NS vs NB - MAN vs BC - Y/NWT vs ONT - SASK vs QUE

February, 21 - 10:30 AM - 12 - Y/NWT vs BC - SASK vs NB - NS vs QUE - MAN vs ONT

February, 21 - 03:00 PM - 13 - ONT vs ALTA - QUE vs PEI - NB vs CAN - BC vs NL

February, 21 - 09:30 PM - 14 - CAN vs SASK - NL vs Y/NWT - ALTA vs MAN - PEI vs NS

February, 22 - 10:30 AM - 15 - MAN vs QUE - NS vs ONT - SASK vs BC - Y/NWT vs NB

February, 22 - 03:00 PM - 16 - NL vs NS - CAN vs MAN - PEI vs Y/NWT - ALTA vs SASK

February, 22 - 08:00 PM - 17 - NB vs PEI - BC vs ALTA - ONT vs NL - QUE vs CAN

TIE-BREAKERS: One Draw - 10:30 AM - Friday, February, 23

TIE-BREAKERS: Two Draws - 10:30 AM - Friday, February, 23

TIE-BREAKERS: Two Draws - 03:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

TIE-BREAKERS: Three Draws - 01:00 AM - Friday, February, 23

TIE-BREAKERS: Three Draws - 10:30 AM - Friday, February, 23

TIE-BREAKERS: Three Draws - 03:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

NO TIE-BREAKERS: 03:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

NO TIE-BREAKERS: 08:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

PLAYOFF: 1 - T.B.A. - 03:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

PLAYOFF: 1 - T.B.A. - 08:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

PLAYOFF: 2 - T.B.A. - 08:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

PLAYOFF: 3 - T.B.A. - 08:00 PM - Friday, February, 23

SEMI-FINAL: 02:30 PM - Saturday, February, 24

FINAL: 01:30 PM - Sunday, February, 25
 

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Law returns to Tournament of Hearts


Canadian Press
2/15/2007 11:35:35 AM


The It Girl of curling is back.

Kelley Law, former national and world champion and Olympic bronze medallist, will skip B.C.'s team at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts starting Saturday in Lethbridge, Alta.

Law, who hasn't played in a national championship in five years, and current third Georgina Wheatcroft were half of the team that had so much success in the short time it was together between 2000 and 2003.

The blonde, photogenic Law was the face of women's curling during those years because she and teammates Wheatcroft, Julie Skinner and Diane Nelson were in almost every televised women's curling final.

Vancouver entertainment agent Bruce Allen saw the team's marketing potential, cut a sponsorship deal with a hotel chain for them and had the curlers clad in black leather for a pre-Olympic publicity photo shoot.

The team was like a comet that burned bright, but ultimately couldn't sustain itself.

"It was a lot of running for four years," Law said. "It's too bad our team didn't stay together, but sometimes you get burned out and I think that's what happened to us.

"It took a toll. It really did."

Law lost the B.C. provincial final in 2003 and had her third child later that year. Curling took a back seat to her family and a new job as a real estate agent in Coquitlam, B.C.

Law is one pre-tournament favourite at this year's national championship, which has undergone a slight name change from the Scott Tournament of Hearts to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the wishes of sponsor Kruger.

Other contenders in the 11-team field include Kelly Scott, who is back wearing the Maple Leaf as defending champion, Saskatchewan's Jan Betker, winner of three world titles and an Olympic gold as third for Sandra Schmirler, and Manitoba's Jennifer Jones, who won the Canadian title two years ago and lost in last year's final to Scott.

Colleen Jones won't play for the first time since 1998 as the six-time national champ did not win out of Nova Scotia.

"The field is wide open in women's curling right now," Law said. "Anybody can step up to the plate. There's no one team that's really dominating."

The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin advance to the playoff round and any ties for fourth will be solved by a tiebreaker.

The winning team represents Canada at the world championship March 17-25 in Aomori, Japan, and gets a trip back to next year's national championship in Regina as defending champion.

There is $100,000 in prize money on the line with $15,500 going to each of the finalists. The championship team is also eligible for $144,000 in Sport Canada funding over a two-year period.

The winners also get to play in the Continental Cup later this year and the 2007 Canada Cup.

Law only got back into curling when Wheatcroft suggested they join forces prior to this season. They picked up Shannon Aleksic and Darah Provencal to be their front end.

"I don't think I would have gone back if it wasn't for Georgina," Law said. "She just get said `We can win it."'

Law put together a team that won the 2000 national and world titles in its first season together and she believes that isn't out of the question for this foursome.

"It can be done," she said. "A lot of curling is in the head. We all know how to throw a rock."

At 41, Law has returned to the national championship no less determined to win than she was before.

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Maple Leaf not a burden for Scott's team


Canadian Press
2/16/2007 7:58:02 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - The crown does not lie heavy on Kelly Scott's head.

Scott and teammates Jeanna Schrader, Sasha Carter and Renee Simons open defence of their national women's curling title at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Saturday.

Instead of wearing their province's colours, they wear the red and white of Team Canada and bear the Maple Leaf on their backs.

''We'll do our darndest to keep it,'' Scott said Friday at the Enmax Centre, where the curlers participated in the first round of the Ford Hot Shots competition.

She says the Maple Leaf feels like more of a target in international curling than in domestic competitions.

''In world play, yes,'' Scott said. ''You are the one lone Canadian team and everyone is looking at you and everyone in Canada is watching you.

''Here, every province is a name. Everybody knows all the representatives. It's a pretty even playing field. Eyes will be on a bunch of different teams this week.''

Scott finished third in last year's world championship. It's been a steady rise for her rink from Kelowna, B.C., as they finished third at nationals and lost in the final of the Olympic trials in Shannon Kleibrink in 2005 before earning a Canadian title in 2006.

''It's kind of what we're all about. Go get a taste of it and next time do better,'' Scott said. ''We're one year older and you learn as you go.''

''Probably by not winning the Olympic medal or a world gold medal, we have a bit of unfinished business. We think maybe that's our next step. We just want to get back there.''

The 12-team event opens Saturday (TSN, 2 p.m. ET). TSN will carry the round-robin and Page playoff games. CBC will televise the semifinal Feb. 24 and the final Feb. 25.

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Betker opens strong at Scotties

Canadian Press
2/17/2007 8:22:19 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - It shows in her smile and a more relaxed body language that Jan Betker has grown into her role as a skip.

Betker's Saskatchewan team opened the Scotties Tournament of Hearts with two wins Saturday to top the field at 2-0 after the opening day.

The Regina foursome followed a 9-3 victory over Manitoba's Jennifer Jones, considered one of the pre-tournament favourite, with an 8-3 win over Nova Scotia's Jill Mouzar.

''Ask me midweek if we have a few losses, I might feel differently, but right now it feels very comfortable out there,'' Betker said.

B.C.'s Kelley Law, Ontario's Krista Scharf, P.E.I.'s Suzanne Gaudet and defending champion Kelley Scott were 1-0.

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Scores & Standings for February 17, 2007



DRAW 1

Team Canada 8 vs Newfoundland & Labrador 5

Saskatchewan 9 vs Manitoba 3

Yukon/Northwest Territories 6 vs Nova Scotia 3

Alberta 2 vs Prince Edward Island 7

DRAW 02

Nova Scotia 3 vs Saskatchewan 8

British Columbia 12 vs Quebec 5

New Brunswick 5 vs Ontario 6

Yukon/Northwest Territories 8 vs Manitoba 12

Standings

(Through 2 Draws)

Province --------------------- Skip ------ W --- L
Saskatchewan ------------------ Betker ----- 2 ----- 0
Team Canada ------------------- Scott ------- 1 ----- 0
British Columbia ---------------- Law -------- 1 ----- 0
Ontario --------------------------- Scharf ----- 1 ----- 0
Prince Edward Island ---------- Gaudet --- 1 ----- 0
Manitoba ------------------------- Jones ----- 1 ----- 1
Yukon/Northwest Territories - Koe -------- 1 ----- 1
New Brunswick ----------------- Comeau --- 0 ----- 0
Alberta --------------------------- Bernard --- 0 ----- 1
Quebec -------------------------- Osborne --- 0 ----- 1
Newfoundland & Labrador --- Strong ----- 0 ----- 1
Nova Scotia --------------------- Mouzar ----- 0 -----2
 

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Scott rink beats Guadet to go 2-0

Canadian Press
2/18/2007 2:41:20 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - Defending champion Kelly Scott won her second game in a row at the Scotties Tournaments of Hearts on Sunday with an 11-6 win over Suzanne Gaudet of Prince Edward Island.

Scott's team from Kelowna, B.C., joined Saskatchewan's Jan Betker at 2-0.

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Saskatchewan stays in front at Scotties

Canadian Press
2/18/2007 7:39:52 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - The Jennifer Jones team from Manitoba managed to stick close to the leaders at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts despite a rocky start at the national women's curling championship.

Jones was Canadian champion two years ago and lost to Kelly Scott in last year's final.

Her Winnipeg foursome is again one of the favourites to win the national title and earn a trip to the world championship.

Jones began building some momentum Sunday in an 8-7 win over Nova Scotia's Jill Mouzar after a nearly disastrous start Saturday.

Manitoba was soundly thrashed by Saskatchewan to open the tournament and then had to battle back from six points down at the halfway mark against the Territories to avoid going 0-2 on the first day.

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Jones sticking close to leaders at Scotties

Canadian Press
2/19/2007 12:04:37 AM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - The Jennifer Jones team from Manitoba managed to stick close to the leaders at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts despite a rocky start at the national women's curling championship.

Jones was Canadian champion two years ago and lost to Kelly Scott in last year's final.

Her Winnipeg foursome is again one of the favourites to win the national title and earn a trip to the world championship.

Jones began building some momentum Sunday in an 8-7 win over Nova Scotia's Jill Mouzar after a nearly disastrous start Saturday.

Manitoba was soundly thrashed by Saskatchewan to open the tournament and then had to battle back from six points down at the halfway mark against the Territories to avoid going 0-2 on the first day.

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2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Scores & Standings

February 18, 2007



DRAW 03

Prince Edward Island 6 vs Team Canada 11

Alberta 8 vs Newfoundland & Labrador 5

DRAW 04

Quebec 9 vs New Brunswick 6

Manitoba 8 vs Nova Scotia 7

Saskatchewan 6 vs Yukon/Northwest Territories 5

British Columbia 5 vs Ontario 7

DRAW 05

Newfoundland & Labrador 6 vs Prince Edward Island 4

New Brunswick 9 vs British Columbia 10

Ontario 9 vs Quebec 8

Team Canada 9 vs Alberta 2

Standings

(Through 5 Draws)

Province --------------------- Skip ------ W --- L
Team Canada ------------------- Scott ------- 3 ----- 0
Saskatchewan ------------------ Betker ----- 3 ----- 0
Ontario --------------------------- Scharf ----- 3 ----- 0
British Columbia ---------------- Law -------- 2 ----- 1
Manitoba ------------------------- Jones ----- 2 ----- 1
Alberta --------------------------- Bernard --- 1 ----- 2
Quebec -------------------------- Osborne --- 1 ----- 2
Prince Edward Island ---------- Gaudet --- 1 ----- 2
Yukon/Northwest Territories - Koe -------- 1 ----- 2
Newfoundland & Labrador --- Strong ----- 1 ----- 2
Nova Scotia --------------------- Mouzar ----- 0 -----3
New Brunswick ----------------- Comeau --- 0 ----- 3
 

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Betker, Scott undefeated at the Scotties

Canadian Press
2/19/2007 6:26:22 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - Skip Jan Betker is the driver of Saskatchewan's success at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but she's getting a lot of help from the young woman riding shotgun.

Before this Canadian women's curling championship, vice-skip Lana Vey's national curling experience was limited to an appearance at the university championship. She'd never made it to the Canadian junior level.

If thirds make their shots, their skips' lives are a lot easier throwing fourth stones and the 22-year-old Vey has provided effective support for Betker thus far.

For most of a 10-1 thrashing of Ontario on Monday, Vey was 100 per cent accurate in her shotmaking. At 93 per cent overall, she was ranked second in her position only to Jeanna Schrader of Kelly Scott's Team Canada.

''She just so impressive,'' Betker said of Vey. ''She's 22 and just so collected and calm.

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2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Scores & Standings

February 19, 2007



DRAW 06

Alaberta 6 vs Yukon/Northwest Territories 7

Prince Edward Island 5 vs Saskatchewan 9

Team Canada 7 vs Nova Scotia 2

Newfoundland & Labrador 2 vs Manitoba 8

DRAW 07

Saskatchewan 10 vs Ontario 1

Yukon/Northwest Territories 6 vs Quebec 12

Manitoba 10 vs New Brunswick 3

Nova Scotia 5 vs British Columbia 9

DRAW 08

British Columbia 7 vs Team Canada 5

New Brunswick 4 vs Newfoundland & Labrador 6

Quebec 3 vs Alberta 8

Ontario 10 vs Prince Edward Island 6

Standings

(Through 8 Draws)

Province --------------------- Skip ------ W --- L
Saskatchewan ------------------ Betker ----- 5 ----- 0
Team Canada ------------------- Scott ------- 4 ----- 1
Manitoba ------------------------- Jones ------ 4 ----- 1
British Columbia ---------------- Law -------- 4 ----- 1
Ontario --------------------------- Scharf ----- 4 ----- 1
Alberta --------------------------- Bernard --- 2 ----- 3
Quebec -------------------------- Osborne --- 2 ----- 3
Newfoundland & Labrador --- Strong ----- 2 ----- 3
Yukon/Northwest Territories - Koe -------- 2 ----- 3
Prince Edward Island ---------- Gaudet --- 1 ----- 3
Nova Scotia --------------------- Mouzar ----- 0 -----5
New Brunswick ----------------- Comeau --- 0 ----- 5
 

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Scott rebounds with win over Ontario

Canadian Press
2/20/2007 2:08:25 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - Defending champion Kelly Scott rebounded from her first loss of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to defeat Ontario's Krista Scharf 8-7 in an extra end Tuesday morning .

Scott's team from Kelowna, B.C., was coming off a loss to B.C.'s Kelley Law on Monday. Scott improved to 5-1 with the win.

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Strong hands Betker first loss at Scotties

Canadian Press
2/20/2007 6:48:09 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - Kelly Scott is getting that old familiar feeling at the Canadian women's curling championship and she likes it.

Her team from Kelowna, B.C., is attempting to defend the title won last year in London, Ont. Scott's foursome also finished runner-up in the Olympic trials and third at nationals in 2005.

They won a pair of games Tuesday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to finish the day at 6-1 in the round-robin standings.

Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador ended Saskatchewan's unbeaten streak with a 9-6 win over Jan Betker's team from Regina.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba's Jennifer Jones were tied at 5-1 with both teams scheduled to play again Tuesday night.

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2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Scores & Standings

February 20, 2007



DRAW 09

Quebec 6 vs Newfoundland & Labrador 5

Ontario 7 vs Team Canada 8

British Columbia 7 vs Prince Edward Island 8

New Brunswick 4 vs Alberta 8

DRAW 10

Prince Edward Island 6 vs Manitoba 7

Alberta 10 vs Nova Scotia 6

Newfoundland & Labrador 9 vs Saskatchewan 6

Team Canada 9 vs Yukon/Northwest Territories 2

DRAW 11

Nova Scotia 8 vs New Brunswick 4

Manitoba 11 vs British Columbia 5

Yukon/Northwest Territories 5 vs Ontario 8

Saskatchewan 8 vs Quebec 7

Standings

(Through 11 Draws)

Province --------------------- Skip ------ W --- L
Team Canada ------------------- Scott ------- 6 ----- 1
Saskatchewan ------------------ Betker ----- 6 ----- 1
Manitoba ------------------------- Jones ------ 6 ----- 1
Ontario --------------------------- Scharf ----- 5 ----- 2
British Columbia ---------------- Law -------- 4 ----- 3
Alberta --------------------------- Bernard --- 4 ----- 3
Quebec -------------------------- Osborne --- 3 ----- 4
Newfoundland & Labrador --- Strong ----- 3 ----- 4
Prince Edward Island ---------- Gaudet ---- 2 ----- 5
Yukon/Northwest Territories - Koe -------- 2 ----- 5
Nova Scotia --------------------- Mouzar ----- 1 -----6
New Brunswick ----------------- Comeau --- 0 ----- 7
 

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Three rinks tied for first at Scotties

Canadian Press
2/20/2007 11:51:10 PM


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) - Saskatchewan's Jan Betker was no longer alone atop the standings at the Canadian women's curling championship Tuesday.

Defending champion Kelly Scott and Manitoba's Jennifer Jones each won two games to join Saskatchewan with a 6-1 record and a tie for first in the round-robin standings.

Betker's Regina team dropped its first game of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts with a 9-6 loss to Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador before recovering to beat Quebec's Chantal Osborne 8-7 in the night draw.

''This morning we didn't have a very good game and we didn't play very well, but you just trash that one,'' Betker said. ''Anytime you have any part of first place, that's a good spot to be in.''

Scott's foursome from Kelowna, B.C., easily beat Kerry Koe of the Territories 10-2 after pulling out an 8-7 win in an extra end over Ontario's Krista Scharf.

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